Variable is becoming a key term when describing the weather pattern this spring into the summer months. Different parts of North Dakota are experiencing different levels of moisture. North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network Director Daryl Ritchison says, generally, south of Interstate 94 has been wet, while north of Highway 2 has been dry. “The north needs rain pretty quickly or they may have some crop losses. It’s that dry.” In the long term, Ritchison expects precipitation to be around average for North Dakota. However, rainfall is always a bit of a question mark. “We’ve transitioned into a more traditional summer pattern. Every few days there may be some hit or miss thunderstorms, which means the odds of widespread rains are slimmer.” Hear the story.